We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Dinosaur World
Walk trails dotted with more than 200 life-size dinosaur replicas and take part in other dino-themed activities like a fossil dig. You (and your little ones) will be spellbound by these spectacular beasts.
2. Airstream Ranch
This roadside attraction takes us back in time to the heyday of tin can tourism. There's not much here but a photo opportunity, but if you're headed down I-4 in Dover, you should definitely keep an eye out.
The entrance to this 1949 theme park on the Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando is a classic symbol of Florida's history as a tourist state. How can anyone visit or drive through Florida and NOT want a photo from inside a giant gator's mouth?
This eclectic home in Safety Harbor was seemingly decorated by its artist owners with every weird and colorful thing they could find, including tons of painted bowling balls. It's become a classic Florida roadside attraction.
This wacky museum in Orlando is housed in a building designed to turn heads...upside down.
6. Solomon's Castle
A man's home is his castle, which is literally true for unique artist Howard Solomon. The aluminum castle he built himself is full of his awesome art, a bed and breakfast, and a restaurant, and is definitely not a sight you see every day.
These stilt houses that can be found about a mile south of Cape Florida in Biscayne Bay were once popular social clubs dating back to the '30s. Currently they can only be seen from the outside, but the park may offer more options in the future.
8. Hong Kong Willie's
Another junk artist who has made a name for himself on Florida's rich soil is Hong Kong Willie. He's not from Hong Kong, and his name's not Willie, but none of that is really important. His eye-catching gallery of reuse art (art made from recycled materials) in Tampa is a must-see for art enthusiasts and wide-eyed wanderers.
9. Coral Castle
I can say without a doubt that Coral Castle in Homestead is one of the coolest things in Florida. It's a testament to unrequited love, art, and individuality. It was sourced and built by a single man, who lived in his creation and gave tours until his death. It's a sort of Floridian Stonehenge everyone should experience.
10. Weeki Wachee
If you're a true Floridian and proud of it, Weeki Wachee is one of those half toursity, half totally unique and amazing things you need to see. Unfortunately the mermaid shows are temporarily down for repairs, but we're sure they'll be up and running again soon.
11. Potter's Wax Museum
Creepy, Baby! Am I the only one who's totally creeped out yet fascinated by figures like those at Potter's in St. Augustine? It is, however, the perfect place for some hilarious selfies.
12. Spook Hill
Possibly because of some mysterious and convoluted history straight out of an M. Night Shyamalan film, Spook Hill in Lake Wales defies gravity. Drive over and try it out for yourself.
13. Chicken Church
AKA the Church By The Sea in Madeira Beach should serve as a good example to all architects of the importance of building and carefully inspecting 3-D models before building...or else you might have folks flocking to chuckle at a giant, somewhat surprised looking chicken.
14. UFO House
AKA Futuro House/Spaceship House/Starship House. This house in Pensacola doesn't just look cool, it's supposedly very good at surviving the extreme weather we all know and love here in Florida. Don't worry if you're not from Florida, though, because there are Futuro Houses scattered throughout the U.S.
15. A Really Tiny Post Office
This teeny post office about the size of a shed in Ochopee claims to be the smallest post office in the country.
Do you know of any other strange attractions in Florida we might have missed? Please share them with us below!